Not "barefoot" - more "minimalist"
The Trainer started the class by asking this:
"Who here is so wild about running that it is
in the center of their lives - they can't do without it?"
No hands went up.
Then he asked: "Who here likes to run,
But it's just not very easy or natural?"
Almost every hand went up!
Talking about the mechanics of good running:
Stride, foot placement, posture, muscle use, pace....
Things we are never really aware of in running -
But could be!
Zombies? Nope - just CrossFitters!
For example - better posture means better breathing!
More lung capacity. And less running out of breath.
And using larger muscle groups
to do the hard work - means less fatigue!
And relax - tight muscles don't really "flow."
Over-stretched and tense muscles aren't very helpful!
He said that if you are ever near a grassy soccer/field,
Take your shoes off and just run for a few minutes.
Your body knows what to do already!
For example - When you jump up and down,
you don't land on your heels -
You land on the mid-part of your foot -
With your knees slightly bent.
Same thing with running!
No need to land on your heels.
And it's about as opposite as it could be from
how the Army teaches... and how
most of us run - or try to run!
Maybe why it's not as rewarding as it could be?
This was is MUCH easier!
The trainer - Patton Gleason
teaches Flow Running (link)
Here's some links to some Videos
Running isn't my fave either - I walk/jog...
But it's evolving! Baby steps, right?
I do LOVE the way I feel after, though!
Can't buy that! Gotta earn it.
Hope your day is wonderful!